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History

  1. Bold innovator and pioneer James Cannon establishes Cannon in a backyard shed in 1915.
  2. Cannons P Connectos enable the first "talkie" movie, usherig in a new age of entertainment
  3. Cannon AF plugs are used by DC-Series planes and later by all US aircraft manufacturers
  4. Cannon Answers the Call for Defense
  5. Cannon's D-Subminiature. The first multi-purpose connector, is launched.
  6. Cannon plugs are used on the moon landing.
  7. Moving Ahead at the Speed of Light ... and Sound
  8. Cannon Connectors Boot Up a Computer Revolution
  9. The 1990s to Now, Cannon Enables the “Smart” E

1920s - Cannon's P connectors

1920s - Cannon's P connectors

In 1923 James Cannon developed the M plug, which revolutionized the electronics industry and turned the “Cannon plug” into a generic name still used today for these types of connectors.
 
The four-pronged Type M Series connector was designed as a quick method to ground the electrical motor on portable meat grinders, but it was Hollywood that turned the plug into a star.
 
Movie studios used the connectors to allow their new electrical cameras to move freely about while shooting a scene.  Then in the mid-1920s, as moviemakers began experimenting with sound pictures, they employed smaller versions of the M Series connector in sound equipment.  Suddenly the technology existed to make “talkies” a reality, and Cannon’s invention was used to make the first talking picture, The Jazz Singer, in 1927.
 
These audio connectors were soon followed by P Series connectors, developed for Paramount Studios.  This series represented a giant step forward in plug design, incorporating many construction features still in use today:  die-cast shells, molded pin inserts and latch-locking devices.
 
Next came the F Series connector developed for Fox Studios featuring a “floating contact” that made it possible for them to be kicked or moved around, while making no noise on the recordings.  Quickly all the studios started using the Cannon F plugs and benefiting from Cannon’s continual innovation.